One of the oldest known varieties of apple, these small fruits are lightweight enough to hang from a chandelier with fishing line or raffia. When shopping, choose unbruised pieces with stiff stems. To make the apples last through the holidays, spray them with clear lacquer (available at craft stores). Decorate the table by placing a pear or some other fall fruit on each napkin.
• Enliven a staircase by placing a white pumpkin on the side of each step.
• With a knife, make a small one-inch cut in cobs of Indian corn, then tuck in place cards at the dinner table.